Yusuf can play crucial role for India in World Cup: Kapil

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Mumbai, Feb 2 (PTI) The Indian batting order may befilled with explosive players who can take the game away fromthe opposition, but 1983 World Cup winning skipper Kapil Devfeels all-rounder Yusuf Pathan''s role in the lower-middleorder could swing the team''s fortunes in the mega event.

"(Yusuf) Pathan can turn the game around for India comingat 6-7. He has the capability to win matches from losingsituations," the legendary all-rounder said when asked aboutthe one player who can turn the tide in the February 19-April2 tournament.

"As long as he is at the crease, the opposition cannotbreathe easy," he said at a promotional event for IdeaCellular here.

On whether the Baroda bomber should bat up the order,Kapil said, "After the advent of Twenty 20 cricket, there isno specific number for a batsman. It (T20) has changed thegame. Any batsman can bat at any number. Better to leave it tothe captain."

Even as Indian cricketers have expressed their desire towin the World Cup for Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil sang a differenttune saying the event was not only about the batting maestro.

"Sachin is not (the only one) playing cricket. It isIndia that is playing. ''Jitna important jitna unke liye hai,utna hi important doosron ke liye bhi hain'' (Winning the WorldCup is as important to others as it is to him).

"Yes, he is a great player and he has served the countrythe most. But by placing him above the team, you are insultingthe other 14 members in the squad," Kapil said.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and southpaw Gautam Gambhirare among the World Cup members who have expressed theirdesire to win the coveted trophy for Tendulkar. .

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